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Hi/def DVR

04-07-2006, 10:13 PM
I currently have hi/def service in my home theatre room. I want to add hi/def in my living room which currently has regular service with a Tivo player. I called Direct TV and they said it will cost 499.00+14.95 shipping+99.00 installation fee for a new Hi/Def DVR. My question: Is there a cheaper way of going about this? I wasn't planning on spending 613.00-especially after buying another plasma. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance.

04-08-2006, 02:30 AM
Almost everyone here that has received that same initial quote has called back and successfully gotten D* to drop the price of the DVR after complaining. I suggest you call and give it a shot. Search some of the past posts here and you'll find out the specifics.

Job Man
04-08-2006, 08:40 AM
I have the same type of problem. I did have TiVo in two rooms. I put HD TVs in those two rooms, but TiVo doesn't support HD so I had to go with the cable company's version of TiVo which is HD. But I'm not really happy with the cable company's equipment (it's a Motorola Moxi in the main room and a Moxi Mate for the second room).

The one good point about the cable company's equpment is that the two boxes and the service cost $25 per month.

Why doesn't TiVo have a HD box? Is there any other equipment that may be good but not cost $600?

04-08-2006, 09:26 AM
drop direct and go to dish for the 622 at 299.00 It is the best deal out there

04-08-2006, 01:12 PM
Why doesn't TiVo have a HD box? Is there any other equipment that may be good but not cost $600?

My D* HD-DVR is Tivo.

It's a H10-250

Job Man
04-08-2006, 01:16 PM
Sure, but that's Direct TV. Do I have to switch from cable to get HD Tivo?

04-09-2006, 07:47 AM
Probably no agreement exists between Tivo and your cable company.

04-09-2006, 12:30 PM
Why doesn't TiVo have a HD box?
Looks like the Series 3 will be out later this year.

04-09-2006, 08:56 PM
I called tonight to schedule an installation date. I called 5 different times and got disconnected 4 of them. On one call I was treated very disrespectfully-and was cut off to boot. I finally called back to cancel. I had called Dish Network and I was ready to switch regardless of price. When I mentioned to Direct TV I wanted to quit I was directed to customer retention. They said I could have the HiDef DVR for 299.00 no shipping plus tax. I reluctantly took it,but why do we have to go thru this bullshit to get a fair price. I was on the phone for almost 2 hours. I was also shocked to find out that the fee you pay(HD DVR-499.00 normally)(HD BOX 99.00)is a one time fee its still not your box. Your commited to returning it if you end your service for any reason. I'm tired-what a waste of a Sunday night-Peace

04-10-2006, 03:12 PM
That is the reason I buy most of my gear off of eBay.

I bought (about 6 weeks ago) an HR10-250 with 550GB storage for just over $315. It had a small software issue, but nothing that free (or cheap) tools couldn't fix (re-imaging hdd's).

So, if I decide to switch to the Mpeg4 DVR when it's out (so I can get Milwaukee Locals), I will have a nice piece of hardware I can resell on eBay.

Sure beats paying a several hundred dollar lease fee from DirecTV and then having to give it back some day.

-- dstmo

04-15-2006, 11:34 AM
am thinking of getting an h10-250 but am wondering if you can hook up the direc tv antenna and cable also. also how is the quality of this machine?

04-15-2006, 01:52 PM
I have it and works good for what directv lets it do.They d# won't release the latest software for it.It records hd signals via satellite and ota.When they release the software update it will be faster (guide).If you can get on the cheap its worth it.